If you’re someone who’s been waiting around on getting a Wii for awhile you might want to pull that trigger soon! According to Nintendo’s official Wii website (translation from Kotaku) the Wii “manufacturing is scheduled to end soon”. At this time there has been no official date or anything about when exactly the end will be.
I can’t say that it’s really a surprise that the Wii is being phased out, even though the PS2, a much older machine, was phased out of production only within the last year or so. After all, Nintendo hasn’t really been focusing on the Wii since they released the Wii U last fall, not to mention the fact that the Wii U has full backwards-compatibility with the Wii. At this point, it’ll probably be cheaper for Nintendo to shut down production on the old console and focus on the new.
My guess is you’ll be seeing quite a few Wiis as part of a Black Friday sale for budget-conscious shoppers this year. After that, though, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the Wii finally drop off the face of the Earth, as stocks start permanently drying up and shelf space is gobbled up by the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s the circle of life.
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